Adidas' Ultra Boost is one of the best sneakers on the market.

Since Kanye West's performed in an entirely white pair of the sneakers at the Billboard Music Awards back in 2015, the Ultra Boost has blurred the line between fashion and performance sneaker more than few others. It's understated silhouette, simple colorways and woven Primeknit upper makes it the most stylish performance running sneaker made in recent memory (especially when worn with track pants). Most importantly, of the dozens of pairs of shoes I've worn in the past couple years, the Ultra Boost is decidedly the most comfortable. The full length Boost foam-lined sole kinda looks like you're walking on styrofoam. It feels like you're walking on memory foam.

But the original low top iteration of the Men's Running Shoe Nike Air Max 2017 849559-101 retails at a hefty $180, in the upper price echelons of performance running shoes and certainly closer to luxury sneaker pricing than casual. Now, how would you feel if you added on an ankle sock and $40 to the price tag?

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Ultra Boost All Terrain (Adidas)

Well, Adidas did just that with the Adidas Ultra Boost 3 Boys Grade School Clear Green/Mineral/Shock Red Running Shoes V44132, released back in September of this year. Billed as a fall and winter weather-variant of the Ultra Boost, the ATR sports an ankle-height sock for increased stability and splash protection, plus a deeper-grooved rubber outsole for better traction while running in wet weather. The original's plastic lace cage is replaced with Primeknit fabric, plus a smaller box that sits atop the shoe. Finally, the ATR comes in darker colorways Nike Air Max 90 Boys Grade School White/Black/Volt/Pink Blast/Total Orange Running Shoes V88666,Men's Running Shoe Nike Air Max 2017 849559-401Nike Huarache Run Boys Grade School White/Black/White Running Shoes V88724, as to not show winter muck after a damp run. Adidas sent me a pair to review, so I took them not only to the damp streets of Portland, but to the streets of New York.

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The original Ultra Boost is an extremely popular fashion sneaker, and new colorways are regularly sold out online and in store (check Portland's Men's Running Shoe Nike Air Zoom Odyssey 749338-107 for rare pairs!). The ATR keeps the original's subdued aesthetics, but the midtop construction adds a new design element which I think makes the sneaker well-suited for styling with jeans as well as athleticwear Adidas Supernova Boost Glide 7 Mens Black/White/Red Running Shoes V35562,Men's Running Shoe Nike Air Zoom Odyssey 749338-002Adidas Originals Adilette Mens Germany/Black/Red/Yellow Slippers V55465,.

As for the on-foot feel, the ATR is comfortable, but not quite as comfortable as the original Ultra Boost. Though the ATR's tougher sole provides better traction than the original it leads to an on-foot feeling that isn't quite as heavenly.

Further, the shoe feels slightly tighter-fitting and more socklike than the original. The ankle sock doesn't overheat the foot, but when tied tight, the tops of my feet develop a pinchy feeling after a few hours that doesn't Adidas X 15.1 Leather Fg/Ag Mens Solar Yellow/Frozen Yellow/Black Soccer Shoes V78202,Men's Running Shoe Nike Air Zoom Terra Kiger 3 749334-400Nike Air Max Ltd Mens Midnight Navy/Midnight Navy/Midnight Navy Running Shoes V65322, when left untied (the laces don't reach the ground) or tied loosely.

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If you plan on doing this a bunch, the ATR is an excellent option. (Adidas)

As far as long-term wear goes, I took my ATRs to the streets of New York on a recent trip to test them out. They held up nicely during what I'd consider an everyday amount of activity (~2-3 miles of walking broken up with extended sitting breaks), my feet not getting particularly sore despite a long stroll through Men's Running Shoe Nike Air Zoom Structure 19 806580-004. But on two particularly grueling days, the first, an hours-long punk show on wood and concrete floors, and the second, Nike Air Max 95 Mens White/Black Running Shoes V86658,Men's Running Shoe Nike Air Zoom Structure 19 806580-607Nike Flex Fury 2 Mens Racer Blue/Volt/Deep Royal Blue/White Running Shoes V71589,, my dogs were certainly barkin' when I returned home. Though I don't consider those days representative of normal use, the ATR, despite above-average comfort, is not a miracle worker.

Now, what about actually running in my running shoes? I'm not a hardcore or regular runner: My cardiovascular health is slightly above average at best, but I can put away 5 kilometers without trouble, and I did just that on the treadmill and on Portland's waterfront.

On the treadmill, the ATR provided a solid, comfortable ride. Perhaps it is because running on a treadmill is excruciatingly boring, but I found myself paying more attention to my body during this run, and I noted that the ankle sock kept my feet feeling more secured than with my normal low top running shoe Men's Running Shoe Nike Flyknit Air Max 620469-009.

However, the ATR really shined when running outside on a blustery November evening. Nike Free 4.0 Flyknit 2015 Mens Black/Hyper Orange/University Blue/Sail Running Shoes V20542,Men's Running Shoe Nike Free RN Distance 827115-800Nike Roshe One Mens Daring Red/Black/Gym Red/Team Red Running Shoes V49019,, partially down the Eastbank Esplanade and back on a damp day. It wasn't raining, but it had rained plenty earlier, and the path was slick and covered with fallen leaves.

And I just completely disappeared into my run Nike Zoom Structure 18 Mens Total Orange/Voltage Green/Ghost Green/Black Running Shoes V81458,Men's Running Shoe Nike Free RN Distance 827115-014Adidas Response Boost Womens Clear Sky/White Running Shoes V45342,. Maybe it was because the Old Town sign was extra-glittery that evening, but, Adidas Barricade Team 4 Womens White/Frozen Yellow/Midnight Indigo Tennis Shoes V91308,Men's Running Shoe Nike LunarGlide 7 Flash 803566-400Nike Air Max Siren Womens Black/Anthracite Running Shoes V13171, as one wants when on a fairly intense run, I barely noticed the shoes on my feet as I jogged along the Willamette.Nike Air Max 90 Ultra Womens White/Wolf Grey/Metallic Silver/White Running Shoes V96704,Men's Running Shoe Nike LunarStelos 844591-800Nike Flex Fury 2 Womens Chalk Blue/White/Concord/Racer Blue Running Shoes V43999, I had no issues with tightness, and the traction was excellent along wet concrete and the ostensibly slick floating metal bridge of the Esplanade. The only thing I really noticed was a slight bounce between my foot and the sole as I ran.

Now, is all of this worth the $220 price tag? If your running shoe or fashion sneaker budget is high, then Nike Free 5.0 V4 Womens Black/Cool Grey/Wolf Grey/Anthracite Running Shoes V16080,Men's Running Shoe Nike LunarTempo 705461-001Nike Shox Nz Womens Black/Dark Grey Running Shoes V16887, nabs you a stylish, high-performing variant on a cool sneaker that'll help you push through Portland's blusteriest winter days. Yet, if you aren't committed to winter running, $220 is a high price to pay for a sneaker that mostly just looks cool. Men's Nike Magistax Pro IC Black/Volt/White/Volt UK#N5-8952,Men's Running Shoe Nike LunarTempo 2 818097-401Men's Nike Hyperchase PRM Black/White/Metallic Silver UK#N5-9045, As someone who gets my cardio in elsewhere, I wouldn't personally spend the $220 on a performance shoe which I am not using for its intended purpose.

Then again, I will be taking my next few runs to the streets in my ATRs as long as it isn't raining sideways.

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